NBA announces anti-flopping rule
by Reid Cherner;Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
The first taste is free.
But flopping, which used to be a go-to move in the NBA, now could cost a player $30,000.
The league has announced a new anti-flopping policy that starts with a warning and steps up to some major money.
During the regular season the steps will be warning, $5,000 fine, $10,000 fine, $15,000 fine, $30,000 fine.
A sixth violation could lead to a suspension along with a fine. Discipline for flopping in the playoffs will be announced at a later date.
“Flops have on place in our game — they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a call,” said Stu Jackson, executive vice-president, basketball operations in a statement. “Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the Competition Committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should — after a warning — be given an automatic penalty.”
Rightly or wrongly those with reputations as floppers include Anderson Varejao of Cleveland, San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili, Phoenix Sun Louis Scola, Houston’s Kevin Martin and Miami’s Shane Battier.
Said Battier to ESPN: “The unfortunate thing about the block/charge (distinction) is that I’ve had many, many times where a ref told me that you have to go to the floor to get the call. “By the letter of the law, I’ve taken a hit, but I’ve stood on my feet. Even though I’ve gotten nailed, the ref calls it a no-call. I say, ‘Ref, what’s wrong with that (charge)?’ He says, ‘You have to go down to get the call.’ ”
While fans will most likely be cheering the new rules, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra advises that everyone needs a little education first.
“I would make the argument that anybody who thinks that flopping comes from help-side charges, they’re getting the concept of the flop incorrectly,” he said. “It’s my opinion that what makes the game look bad is when you’re trying to trick the referee on the ball, and you’re flopping, jerking your head on the ball or offensively when you’re doing that. When you’re making a help-side … [For more on NBA announces anti-flopping rule, click here.]